Patriotic cocktail for when you want to celebrate with red, white and blue!
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Summer as a kid is the best feeling. School is out, the days are long. Time is measured in barefoot activities and popsicles consumed. Now summer as an adult, is just a little different. I don’t think I quite relished how wonderful summer was until I entered the workforce. But just because I no longer have the summers off, doesn’t mean I don’t still enjoy the season.
Actually, I probably enjoy it more because time hits different as an adult. The faster it goes, the more I appreciate it. Or try to at least! But the one thing I know I appreciate more in the summer as an adult for sure is the holidays! Spending extra time off with family and friends really is priceless! And getting to celebrate with a refreshing little adult red white and blue cocktail to show my patriotism is a plus!
This patriotic red white and blue cocktail is perfect for your 4th of July celebration, Memorial day barbeque, that Labor Day party or just because!
This simple drink is a boozy version of this Red White and Blue Mocktail, using the same frozen Jello ice cubes to get those red and blue colors that wont end up looking purple in about 3 minutes. And just like the mocktail version this adult red white and blue beverage also has an appearance that will wow all of your guests at your back yard barbeque and have everyone talking.
Lets celebrate with this simple yet fun boozy Patriotic Cocktail for your summer time back yard barbeques with family and friends!
Blue Berry Jello
Glasses of your choice (I used high ball glasses)
Ice Cube Trays (I used these from Amazon. I like them because they are square instead of rectangular)
Red and Blue striped Straws (optional, I used these ones I got on Amazon of course
About the Ingredients
Jello is a gelitan based dessert that is soft and giggly and brightly colored. For this recipe, we are going to freeze the jello in the ice cube trays to create fun colored ice that doesn’t melt!
Lemonade is a lemon flavored drink with added sugar to get a little sweetness. Lemonade is a frequent standard item in a bar as it makes a great mixer. The light hint of the yellow color of this drink makes it perfect to be able to still see our colored ice cubes.
Vodka is a distilled alcoholic drink that is clear in color. Its clear color is what we need to mix with our lemonade to allow the colored ice cubes to shine through
How to Make
**the prep for this mocktail takes about 1-2 days of freeze prep time prior to making the actual drink.**
1) Prepare one of your Jello packerts using only half of the cold water the box calls for. Once the Jello is fully dissolved, carefully pour into square ice molds.
2)Place into the freezer until fully frozen (about 5-6 hours) Pop out each frozen Jello ice cube carefully. If the ice isnt fully frozen, it will start to break apart when trying to take it out of the mold.
3)Repeat for each different color packet of Jello ice (here is where the extra prep time comes in, the drink itself is actually very quick)
4)Add ice cubes to glasses of your choice alternating red and blue jello cubes with plain ice cubes for our white.
5)Pour equal parts Lemonade and Vodka over the ice cubes. Stir with swizzle stick.
6)Add Red and White or Blue and White Striped Straws to the glass.
Are you a fan of refreshing drinks for your summer time back yard barbeque with family and friends? So do we! Check out some of our favorite refreshing drink recipes like this Sweet Summer Time Cocktail this Ice Irish Caramel Coffee Cocktail or this Blood in the Water Cocktail
What is your go to recipe to serve in your back yard barbeques?